Women in Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership

2017 Seminar Dates | Thursday November 2 – Saturday November 4
Scholarship Application EXTENDED Deadline | September 29, 2017
Registration EXTENDED Deadline | October 6, 2017

College women interested in a policy career outside of government will benefit from meeting with women leaders who influence policy from the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  Students will learn how the dynamic private, nonprofit, and public sectors of Washington, D.C. work together to write, influence, and implement policy.  In the corporate leadership track, students will learn extensively about careers in business, economics, corporate social responsibility, and the skills necessary to excel in the private sector.  In the nonprofit leadership track, students will hear from top-level women from a variety of nonprofit and advocacy organizations and delve into policy, research, direct service, and fundraising careers available in nonprofit organizations.

Seminar Highlights:

Discover new policy issues: By choosing either the corporate leadership or nonprofit leadership track, students will attend panels focused on current policy discussions within those sectors, such as global economics, corporate social responsibility, immigration, and education.

Grow your professional network: Students interested in a policy career in the private or nonprofit sector will hear from top, middle, and entry level women who influence policy in these fields.  Students will also meet other women from across the country with similar interests and ambition to pursue a policy career in D.C. and across the country.

Develop your leadership skills:  For three days, students will be immersed in the professional world of Washington, D.C.  They will attend interactive workshops on salary negotiation, resume writing, and networking, as well as have limitless opportunities to connect with top-level women through question and answer sessions and roundtable discussions.

Seminar Registration & Preparation

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Ready to attend the seminar?  Check out the student portal for important resources and necessary documents to fill out and submit before you arrive in D.C.

Seminar Fees

$325 for Students from PLEN Member Institutions (See if your school is a PLEN Member)
$525 for Students from Non-PLEN Schools

The seminar fee includes the $125.00 non-refundable registration fee and some meals, indicated on the seminar schedule that you will receive. Students are expected to pay for all other additional costs associated with attending the seminar, including travel, housing, and meals outside of the ones indicated.

Housing Costs (optional):

$219 for a triple room
$313.50 for a double room

PLEN has negotiated a discount rate with the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel in Washington, D.C. Please do not contact the hotel to make a reservation; PLEN will make the reservation for you.


PLEN scholarships will assist students in funding a portion and/or all of program and registration fees associated with attending the seminar. Student(s) awarded any level of scholarship will be responsible for funding their own transportation, meals and any remaining dues for program and registration fees not covered by the scholarship award. Preference will be given to currently enrolled undergraduate women, but current students and recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn more about applying for a scholarship here.

Further questions about the PLEN scholarship can be directed to plen.scholarship@gmail.com


Thank you to our 2017 sponsor!

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